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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Thrift finds reborn!



I pride myself on my thrift store finds. Weekend color-tag sales are my specialty.

A few weeks ago I stopped by my personal favorite thrift spot, Life Treasures, 1918 S Dale Mabry Highway, and scored two new items for $1 each. You read that right: $1.


The first was an oh-so-Carrie-Bradshaw shiny silver blouse that I wore to the premier of Sex and the City 2.  At this degree of flashiness, I can't wear it too often (only Michael can pull off that kind of frequent glitz... okay maybe Gaga, too). But at $1, who cares?

My next purchase was a bit more complicated.

Rifling through the racks, I spotted paisley. Whatever this was, I needed it. When I pulled out the hanger, however... yikes.

The skirt was about 5 sizes too big and much too long. Sure, some Woodstock-ish sweep skirts can be nice for summer, but this wasn't one of them. With its heavy fabric and dark colors down to the ankles, it would have swallowed me up. (Oh, how I wish I had thought to take a "before" picture.)

I bought it anyway ($1!), and recruited my grandmother for some skirt surgery. She gave me a doubtful look when I revealed the monstrous garment but promised to do her best.


Voila! My skirt not only fits, but it's darn cute! Perfect for work on a frighteningly hot summer day.

If you're not lucky enough to have a fabulous grandma nearby for alterations (you rock, Memaw!), a local seamstress should be able to do the work at a fraction of what a new skirt would cost.

You could always try to do the sewing yourself, too. At thrift store prices, a trial-and-error won't break the bank!

Guest Deal Diva Kim Wilmath

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 4:32pm]


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